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King of Isin
Reign ca. 1769–1767 BC
Predecessor Zambiya
Successor Ur-du-kuga
House 1st Dynasty of Isin

Iter-piša, inscribed in cuneiform as i-te-er-pi/pi4-ša and meaning "Her command is surpassing",[1] ca. 1769–1767 BC (short chronology) or ca. 1833–1831 BC (middle chronology), was the 12th king of Isin during the Old Babylonian period. The Sumerian King List[i 1] tells us that "the divine Iter-piša ruled for 4 years."[nb 1] The Ur-Isin King List[i 2] which was written in the 4th year of the reign of Damiq-ilišu gives a reign of just 3 years.[2]


He was a contemporary of Warad-Sin (ca. 1770 BC to 1758 BC) the king of Larsa, whose brother and successor, Rim-Sin I would eventually come to overthrow the dynasty, ending the cities' bitter rivalry around 40 years later. He is only known from Kings lists and year-name date formulae.[3]

A letter from Iter-piša to a deity[i 3] was excavated in a scribal school, "House F," in Nippur during the 1951–52 dig season. The scribal school had operated during the 1740s, early in the reign of king Samsu-iluna and the piece had become a belle letter.[4]

External links[edit]

  • Iter-piša year-names at CDLI, but note the tablet reference BM 85384 in year-name (b) is incorrect.


  1. ^ Sumerian King List, Ash. 1923.444, the "Weld-Blundell Prism."
  2. ^ Ur-Isin King List tablet MS 1686.
  3. ^ MS 2287 in the Schøyen Collection.


  1. ^ša mu 4 i.ak.


  1. ^ atāru, CAD A/2, vol. 1 (1968), p. 489.
  2. ^ Jöran Friberg (2007). A Remarkable Collection of Babylonian Mathematical Texts: Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection: Cuneiform Texts. Springer. pp. 131–134. 
  3. ^ D. O. Edzard (1999). Dietz Otto Edzard, ed. Reallexikon der Assyriologie und Vorderasiatischen Archäologie: Ia – Kizzuwatna 5. Walter De Gruyter. p. 216. 
  4. ^ Eleanor Robson (2001). "The tablet House: a scribal school in old Babylonian Nippur". Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale 93 (1): 58. doi:10.3917/assy.093.0039.